Tropical Storm Alma
The first tropical storm of 2008 in the eastern Pacific, Alma also was a record-setter. When it formed May 29, it was the easternmost storm ever to form in the Pacific.
Tropical Storm Alma was the first storm to strike Central America's Pacific coast since 1949, and the first ever known to make landfall in Nicaragua.
Alma was responsible for two direct deaths and the destruction of thousands of homes.
The strongest hurricane to form in the Atlantic in 2008, and the third costliest storm ever to hit the United States, Hurricane Ike was a major Category 4 storm that, like the storms before it, battered Haiti, causing dozens of deaths there, and another seven in Cuba before it headed to the Texas coast.
An amazingly large storm, Ike seemed to cover a huge portion of the Gulf of Mexico as it slowly regained strength, before striking Galveston as a Category 2 storm Sept. 13, Ike became a hurricane on Sept. 3 and rapidly intensified to a Category 4 hurricane northeast of the Leeward Islands. The storm struck the Turks and Caicos Islands and Great Inagua Island in the Southeastern Bahamas on Sept. 7, and the northeast coast of Cuba later that day. Ike made its final landfall at Galveston Island, Texas on Sept. 13 as a Category 2 hurricane. Ike killed more than 80 people across the Caribbean and Bahamas, and another 20 in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. Total estimated U.S. property damage from Ike is estimated at $19.3 billion.